Seeking to restore health to her lungs, Joanna, wife to Herod’s chief steward, approaches her cousin Mary, mother of the healer Jesus. Though their families were estranged when Joanna’s parents adopted Roman ways, Mary welcomes her graciously. Jesus indeed heals Joanna’s body…and her soul blossoms through her friendship with Mary and with her work as one of his disciples. But as word of Jesus’ miracles reaches King Herod’s court, intrigue, treachery and murder cast shadows onto Joanna’s new path, changing her life forever.
Mary, Jesus's mother, and Joanna, the wife of a steward of Herod Antipas, Galilee's ruler, are the heroines of Rourke's first novel, a gentle tale with a respectable mix of suspense, murder and romance. As Joanna searches for a cure for her failing health, she hears of a miracle worker, Jesus, and decides to ask his mother to arrange a meeting. Joanna's encounter with Jesus results in her physical healing, a bright new faith and a growing closeness to Mary. Unfortunately, her alliance with the Miracle Man creates political problems for her husband, Chuza. When it becomes clear that someone is poisoning Chuza, one suspect is Joanna, whose new circumstances take her through many of the recorded events of Christ's life, including His death, burial and resurrection. Romance blooms as Nicodemus, a secret follower of Jesus, shows more than a passing interest in the widowed Mary. The conclusion puts a new spark into Joanna's life and is sure to put a smile on the face of readers fond of cozy historicals.
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